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This exceptional oyster-farming site, recognised worldwide, is located 38 km away from the campsite.


Discover the birthplace of oyster-farming in France

The oyster-farming area of Marennes-Oléron, including the mouth of the Seudre estuary, the east coast of the île d'Oléron and the coast to the north of Marennes, is considered to be the most important oyster-farming area in France and the most prestigious with its two red labels.

Oyster-farming has existed in Charente-Maritime since the Gallo-Roman era. The region began to create oyster farms in the mid 19th century by recovering former salt marshes.

Viewed from above, the area forms an immense mosaic of water covering more than 2000 hectares.

The Bassin Marennes-Oléron oyster-farming area produced four emblematic oysters: fine de Claire, fine de Claire verte, spéciale de Claire and Pousse en Claire.

What to see and do in the Marennes-Oléron area

  • On foot or by bicycle, discover the brightly coloured oyster ‘huts’ with their pontoons for boats to moor there. Behind the huts can be found the salt ponds (claires) where the oysters mature for several months and take on their hazelnut flavour and incomparable colours.
  • The Cité de l’Huître visitor centre, in Marennes, gives visitors the opportunity to discover the Marennes-Oléron oyster and the oyster-farming profession.

See more information on the Marennes-Oléron area.


Book your stay near the Marennes-Oléron area

5-star campsite Bois Soleil welcomes you for a short or long stay. Book your camping pitch or mobile home now at Saint-Georges-de-Didonne.
Contact the campsite by email ( or telephone (+33 (0)5 46 05 05 94) for further information and to find out about availability.

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